I did not watch the film, I picked option 2. The whole idea of racism in AI and computer vision was something I was slightly aware of existing, but was not super educated on the topic. I was not aware of the scale of the impact that it could have on human life. One surprise I found was in how the databases created for facial were very white focused, and upon reflection considering the inherent racism that is present in the tech industry, that makes much more sense after it was pointed out. Joy Buolamwini in her Ted Talk brings up another point I found very shocking (or rather I found it shocking that I did not think about it before) was how it can be used in false prosecution and racial profiling in law enforcement as well. In general I was very shocked by how it can be misused in ways to disrupt people's lives. In the article “5 Ideas to Make Silicon Valley Less Racist”, the inherent racism that exists in the tech industry, and how that effects the software that people make (while not being racist themselves) was a very shocking point to me as well, and the connection being drawn there was very enlightening.
The main connection I can make between the themes discussed in class, and in the articles as well as the general themes in the film, are in relation to the idea of digital literacy. Knowing how these systems work, and the inherent issues and biases that are present in them helps us fight against said biases and know how they affect our lives. In class, learning about proctoring software facial recognition doesn't work as well on people with face coverings and non white skin for example helps us identify why these software are harmful and often and don't work for us.
In general the ideas shared in the film and the articles make me more wary of technology around me in general. Knowing the faults and biases in the software that we use daily makes me more aware of the faults that can occur. For example, I now have even more reason to hate proctoring software, and its invasiveness.
I do not think there is much I can do personally after learning about these topics, but in general I would seek to be more aware of how these computerized systems work considering how prevalent they are in our lives.